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File #: 170023    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/26/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/26/2017
Title: Honoring the African American Children's Book Project on the occasion of the 25th Annual African American Children's Book Fair and that February 4th is the Kick-Off of the National Literacy Initiative - Preserve a Legacy, Buy a Book.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Signature17002300.pdf
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Honoring the African American Children's Book Project on the occasion of the 25th Annual African American Children's Book Fair and that February 4th is the Kick-Off of the National Literacy Initiative - Preserve a Legacy, Buy a Book.

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WHEREAS, In 1926, noted historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the study of negro life and history announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week"; and

WHEREAS, The 2nd week in February was chosen because of the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; and

WHEREAS, During early American history, African Americans were not allowed to learn to read and have books; in some states the penalty for this infraction was death; and

WHEREAS, The importance of book fairs cannot be understated and for twenty four years the African American Children's Book Fair has enhanced multi-culturalism in our City utilizing the joy of reading as a tool; and

WHEREAS, Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati created the book fair because she believes books open up a world of opportunities for children and after twenty four years, the African American Children's Book Fair is the oldest and largest single day event for Children's books in the country; and

WHEREAS, One of the most important reasons to encourage reading in our children is that studies show that the more our youth read the more likely they are to make positive lifestyle decisions as they grow older. Literacy also makes our youth more productive global citizens; and

WHEREAS, Strictly judging by attendance the fair is a tremendous success as well over 3,500 people attended the Fair in past years from across the nation; and

WHEREAS, Rich or poor, no one leaves empty handed as the books themselves are priced at a level where they are more affordable and posters, bookmarkers, and raffle books are distributed free of charge to attendees; and

WHEREAS, The success of the event is reflected in four elements: the attendees...

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